Startling data reveals computer science education conundrum–and why it matters

Across the nation, computer science jobs sit unfilled due to a lack of highly-qualified applicants–so what’s the computer science education disconnect?

Hundreds of thousands of computer science jobs with six-figure salaries remain unfilled across the nation, due in large part to a deficit of students pursuing computer science education at the college level and earning degrees in the field, according to a new reports.

So why aren’t more students going the computer science route?

A report from ACT | The App Association, Six-Figure Tech Salaries: Creating the Next Developer Workforce, notes that companies are eager to hire qualified software developers, but are having trouble finding them.

It Starts Early

“The problem is that we just aren’t producing enough students with the necessary skills. Barely one in eight U.S. high schools teach AP computer science, which leaves many students unable to pursue it at the college level and qualify for these high-paying jobs,” said Jonathan Godfrey, VP for public affairs at ACT | The App Association.

Currently, the report notes, there are more than 223,000 unfilled job openings for software developers.

Salaries paid to software developers bring more than $114 billion to the economy, and the average salary for software developers nationwide is more than $104,000, according to the report. [Read: “3 blossoming fields of study with massive potential.“]

89 percent of software developers are employed outside Silicon Valley.

(Next page: A dearth of computer science education funding)

Laura Ascione